We’ve all heard of a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, but a Teddy Bear Toss?
Well, that’s exactly what will be going down at McDonald Jones Stadium for this weekend’s Newcastle Jets double-header fixture.
The club is encouraging fans to bring along brand new teddy bears which will be tossed onto the pitch and donated to local charities.
The Jets have teamed up with a number of Hunter-based charities including Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, Nova for Women and Children and Samaritans who will pass the bears onto children n need this Christmas.
Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna said he hoped as many fans as possible got behind this worthy cause.
“We’d love to see every Jets fan bring along a teddy bear this weekend and help give some kids in need something to lift the spirits this Christmas,” McKinna said.
“The idea is one that came from our supporter group, Terrace Novocastria, and when they brought it to us we were happy to get right behind it and make it happen,” he said.
“This is something we’d love to see become an annual event and we’re excited to see Newcastle come out and get behind our first ever teddy bear toss.”
Also, just prior to kick-off, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter will be dropping by with Santa on board with Jets Members and fans to be directed to toss their bears shortly after.
Kids under 16 who bring along a brand new teddy bear will get into Sunday’s game for free by heading to the Jets marquee in the precinct outside the Western Grandstand.
Gates open at McDonald Jones Stadium at 3.30pm on Sunday 15 December, with the Westfield W-League side taking on Sydney FC from 4pm.
The A-League boys will face Melbourne City with that game kicking off at 6.30pm.
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